BSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT IN DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING
- BSO Case Number: 11-1403-004374
- PIO Number: 14-3-21A
- Date: March 16, 2014
- Time: 8 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 300 block of Northwest 31 Ave., Pompano Beach
- Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
- Deosaran Maharaj, male, 10/10/62, 51, unknown address, Pompano Beach (DECEASED)
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have identified the suspect who reportedly threatened a woman with a machete and was fatally shot when confronted by a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy during a traffic stop. Deosaran Maharaj, 51, died at the scene Sunday night.
The incident began just before 8 p.m. when a woman approached BSO Deputy Paul Yesbeck to report that a man had threatened her with a machete. She pointed out the man and his white Chevy Silverado to the deputy in the parking lot of the Marathon Gas Station at Hammondville Road and Northwest 31 Avenue. The truck then left the parking lot with no headlights on.
Deputy Yesbeck attempted a traffic stop on the truck at 8:01 p.m. in the 300 block of Northwest 31 Avenue and, a short time later, advised that shots had been fired. Homicide detectives say Maharaj ignored the deputy’s repeated commands to get on the ground and show his hands. When Majaraj instead walked to his truck and began rifling through it, the deputy was forced to fire multiple shots, at least one of which was fatal. Detectives later recovered the machete from the truck.
Anyone with information about the shooting can report it to Det. Frank Ilarraza at (954) 321-4210 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. In addition, detectives are asking that the woman who initially reported being threatened by Maharaj to please contact them at (954) 321-4210.
- INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Dets. Ilarraza, Curcio, Perez, Tutler; Pompano Beach, Crime Scene
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 3/17/14 1515
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